Campus Safety

The University of Utah seeks to provide a safe and healthy experience for students, employees, and others who make use of campus facilities. While the University makes efforts to keep campus safe, individuals should take steps to ensure their own and others’ safety.

University of Utah Police Department
1795 E. South Campus Drive
Salt Lake City, Utah 84112
www.dps.utah.edu
(801) 585-2677 (5-COPS)

Emergencies
Campus Phones: Dial 9-9-1-1
Other Phones: Dial 9-1-1

Campus Crime Reports
The University of Utah Campus Security Report is available annually and includes tips for staying safe on campus, resources for dealing with safety issues, and statistics of offenses recorded on campus. It can be accessed and downloaded from www.dps.utah.edu. You may also request a paper copy from the Department of Public Safety.

Campus Alerts
The University of Utah maintains a campus alert system capable of providing students and employees information about unforeseen events and emergencies on campus such as snow closures, building closures, significant traffic interruptions, sever power outages, gas leaks, and physical threats. Students and employees may receive alerts via phone, email or text messaging. For more information visit www.campusalert.utah.edu.

Regulations Library
The University of Utah Regulations Library includes the text of University policies and links to University Rules, Procedures, Guidelines, Forms and other information. Individuals can access the Regulations Library at www.regulations.utah.edu.

Responding to Sexual Misconduct
Sexual misconduct and stalking are prohibited at the University of Utah. Students who are found responsible for assaulting or harassing another member of the University of Utah community may be suspended or dismissed. Such behavior may also lead to legal ramifications.

Sexual misconduct refers to harassment and/or violence that includes sexual assault, rape, unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal, nonverbal, or physical conduct of a sexual nature when such conduct has the effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s education performance or creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive environment for that individual’s education, living environment, or participation in a university activity.  Sexual misconduct covers dating and domestic violence which, per Utah Code 77-36-1 is an ongoing pattern of controlling and abusive behaviors that individuals use against a cohabitant or their intimate partners, which include physical, sexual, economic, or emotional attacks/control.  As per Utah Code 76-5-106.5, stalking refers to repeated harassment that reasonably terrorizes or induces fear for a specific person.

In order to engage in a lawful sexual encounter, there must be consent. As per Utah Code 76-5-406, consent refers to permission or approval through words or conduct of all individuals involved prior to engaging in the sexual act.

Per Utah Code 76-5-404, forcible sexual abuse, or sexual assault, refers to the touching of private areas and/or taking indecent sexual liberties with another, without consent, which causes emotional or physical pain.

Per Utah Code 76-5-402, rape occurs when an individual has sexual intercourse with another person without the person’s consent.  This code applies whether or not the actor is married to the victim.

The first priority of a person who has been subject to sexual assault or rape should be to get to a place of safety and then obtain necessary medical treatment.  Sexual abuse, assault, or rape should be reported to the University Police Department (801-585-2677).  All forms of sexual misconduct should be reported to the Office of Equal Opportunity (801-581-8365), and/or the Dean of Students Office (801-581-7066).

If you are uncertain about whether you are experiencing sexual harassment, are hesitant to tell the person you are uncomfortable with do to his/her behavior, or if efforts to stop a problem have not worked, contact the Office of Equal Opportunity (801-581-8365) or the Dean of Students Office (801-581-7066).  These are the University offices that may conduct impartial investigation to determine what occurred and then take appropriate steps to resolve the situation.

The privacy of all parties involved in a complaint investigation shall be strictly respected insofar as it does not interfere with the University’s legal obligation to investigate allegations of misconduct, to take corrective action, or as otherwise provided by law. 

There are many University and Salt Lake City community resources available for victims and survivors of sexual harassment and/or assault. On campus resources include:

Victim Advocate
Center for Student Wellness
Student Services Building Room 328
801-581-7776

University Counseling Center
Student Services Building Room 426
801-581-6826

Community resources for victims of sexual violence that are available in Salt Lake City are:

Rape Recovery Center
2035 South 1300 East
801-467-7282

Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN)
1-800-656-HOPE; www.rainn.org

The University of Utah has designated the following individual as its Title IX coordinator, who is trained to address issues of sexual harassment and/or assault.  If you have questions regarding sexual misconduct at the University of Utah, contact:

Sherrie Hayashi
Director, Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action
Title IX/ADA/Section 504 Coordinator

University of Utah
201 S. Presidents Circle, Rm. 135
Salt Lake City, UT 84112-9004

Telephone: (801) 581-8365
FAX: (801) 585-5746
Sherrie.hayashi@utah.edu

www.oeo.utah.edu

The University of Utah strictly enforces a non-retaliation policy, which states that individuals shall not be subjected to retaliation for initiating or participating in a discrimination or sexual harassment complaint process, regardless of the outcome of an investigation. Any incident of retaliation should be reported to the Office of Equal Opportunity (801-581-8365) or the Dean of Students Office (801-581-7066).

Other Types of Harassment
University policy advocates vigorous and appropriate action to ensure that all students and employees have an environment free of discrimination based on race, national origin, color of skin, status as a person with a disability, age, veteran’s status, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, and genetic information.  The University is fully committed to the principle of equal opportunity and access. If you feel that you have been discriminated against or have questions about University nondiscrimination policies please contact the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action at 801-581-8365.